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"Suriname's recent ratification of a new penal code, which includes abolition of the death penalty, is an important step forward that sends a welcome signal to other countries in the region and beyond.

The European Union has a strong and principled policy on the abolition of the death penalty as it cannot be justified under any circumstances. This stance is rooted in the belief in the inherent dignity of all human beings and the inviolability of the human person. 

Pour marquer le 65ème anniversaire de la Déclaration Schuman, l'Ambassadeur de l'Union européenne Marie-Anne Coninsx a organisé une réception à la mairie de la ville d'Ottawa. Parmi les invités d'honneur figuraient le Premier ministre de la Nouvelle Écosse Stephen McNeal, la Ministre québécoise des Relations Internationales et de la Francophonie Christine Saint-Pierre, ainsi que le sous-Ministre fédéral Daniel Jean.

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High Representative Federica Mogherini discusses European foreign policy and its challenges with Tony Barber of the Financial Times at The State of the Union conference in Florence.

In their June 2015 meeting, the Heads of State and Government of the European Union will assess progress on the Union's common actions in security and defence and provide guidance on the next steps in this important area.

 

The Israeli District Planning and Building Committee this week took a decision allowing for further settlement expansion in Ramat Shlomo. Already in November 2014, the EU's Foreign Ministers unanimously expressed their concerns at the announcement of new housing units and called on Israel to reverse that decision.

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Le comité israélien de planification et de construction de district a pris cette semaine la décision d'autoriser une nouvelle extension de la colonie de Ramat Shlomo. En novembre 2014 déjà, les ministres des affaires étrangères de l'UE ont exprimé à l'unanimité leurs préoccupations à l'annonce de la construction de nouveaux logements et appelé Israël à revenir sur sa décision.

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This week the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini paid her first official visit to Asia. She travelled to the Republic of Korea and the People's Republic of China with the aim of strengthening ties with two of the EU's strategic partners in the region.

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The event marks the anniversary of the day in 1950 when Robert Schuman, one of the founders of the EU, made his 'Schuman Declaration', outlining a vision to unite separate European states into a single community.

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